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Published: Tuesday, July 23 2013 5:40 p.m. MDT

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Virginia Beach, Va

My heart goes out to the family of this young man. Words cannot heal your pain but know there are people praying for you.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Any missionary dying in service is a difficult thing. Yet, there is also something sacred about death in the service of God.

May his family and friends be blessed in their time of grief.

Cedar City, UT

So sad...

Brother Benjamin Franklin
Orem, UT

This is the worst kind of thing anyone can ever have happen. My heart goes out to this family and they will be in my prayers.

I cannot understand why missionaries bother to serve when these are the sorts of things we have to deal with. People should just stay and serve missions where they lived and we would see far less of this.

Cedar Hills, UT

This is tragic. The family needs all of the combined kindness and prayers possible. It does seem that accidents on missions seems to be increasing. I would hope the church would take steps to make missions safer...a parent shouldn't have to worry about their son or daughter. Accidents happen and some times there is no way to prevent them but as I said it seems like the rate is climbing.

Alexandria, VA

It is sad and unfortunate when things like this happen - but it is also well to remember that hearts that were touched and a legacy left by the music that Elder Burton composed and shared.

Layton, UT

Very Sad. All I can say is he died in the service of God, and that no other cause is more worthy of salvation. No doubt he is doing what he loves with his loved ones that passed on before him, among the celestial musicians.

Provo, UT

As a devoted active member of the LDS church one of the things I struggle with is a missionary dying on a mission. I always ask why the Lord would let this happen.

The conclusion I have drawn is that it must be their time to go. Moving on from this life while in the service of the Lord is about the best way you can go.

My prayers and thoughts to this young man's family.

Juan E. Otaiza J.

My oldest son will return from the mission in less than a month. I understand how you may feel. The investigation of accidents in the mission and the church can help minimize them.

Palmyra, NY

One thing we do not often teach our sons is how precious life is and how short it can become. Protecting yourself from hazards is not something than comes with just experience but can be taught. In this case details are few but we can only surmise as 4 people were injured that they likely were riding in the back of the truck. No service project is worth your life.


The number of missionaries that die while serving is very low (each one is tragic, and no disrespect goes to any family). The church does a lot of training on safety for the missionaries.

US average is 10 vehicle deaths per 100,000 population per year. There are 70,000 missionaries currently serving. This means that on average 7 will pass away this year because of vehicle accidents.

We do not live a in perfect world. The Lord allows things to happen for his purposes. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Salt Lake City, UT

Each time we sent a missionary off, the thought that they might not return was always there.
After listening to his music, his talent was 'awesome' as his generation might say, and he
will be remembered for who he was and what he has done in his short life. God bless his family with understanding and treasure what he has left of himself before he returned to his celestial home.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

My heart feels great empathy for the Burton family, even moreso because my oldest son just returned safe and sound from his mission to Maryland just last Thursday. In every single family prayer for 22 1/2 months we prayed for his safety, both physically and spiritually. Picking him up at the airport and seeing him "home" was a joyous experience, indeed.

No doubt Bro. and Sis. Burton and their children offered sincere prayers of safety to the Lord as well. However, the Lord knew it was Elder Burton's time to return home and we must all humbly submit to the wisdom and will of our loving Savior.

May the time of your separation feel brief, and may the joy of that eventual reunion, through the Master, be more joyous and wonderful than you can ever imagine.

God lives. May He bless and comfort you in your time of need.

Joey D

Brother Benjamin Franklin

You know death is part of life, you can't hide under a rock. This young man is now in the Celestial Kingdom! God bless his family in this time of grief. Thank God for the young men and women who choose to serve the Lord.

sandy, ut

This is a tragic story. Such a young man killed doing service. I am thinking of his family.


Lets not say that this is the best way one could pass away. I don't think the family or the victim himself would agree with you. I bet he would have much rather been able to get married, have kids, and grow old then be in an accident when he was young. We tend to glorify those who pass away on missions as if those taken were somehow meant to be taken. I don't believe that. That may be a way for us to cope with the loss, but I believe it happened only because it happened. No reason for it. Still very tragic.

Norman, OK

I visited family in Cardston one year and Josh and his brother came to the house I was at to visit the teenage daughter there. While there they put on a mini concert on the spot and just for fun. I was blown away by the talent and spirit of those boys. I told my wife that I wouldn't mind if our daughter married a young man like either of them. God bless to this family at this most difficult time.

West Jordan, UT

Brother Benjamin Franklin, things like this happen even when young people stay in their hometowns. We can't hide under a rock and refuse to send our children out into the world to serve or to be educated. When my son left for his mission to Mexico I was very worried about his safety due to the amount of violence that was happening and being reported in the news. I constantly stewed over what might happen. Then not long after my son left a friend lost her 20 year old son to murder on the streets of Salt Lake City. After that I realized how unreasonable I was being and that I needed to have more faith. I know my friend would have been grateful at that time to have her son on a mission not to mention alive and here I was letting fear take over my heart. Fear is the opposite of faith. I learned to put the things I couldn't control into the Lord's hands and was able to have peace until my son returned. This young elder is an inspiration and despite his short life was able to touch many people through music and service.

Orem, UT

7dawg, I believe if I were in the place of the Burton family your comment would definitely be what I would need to hear! A kind word of tribute to this young man and I'm sure one of thousands they will hear and will NEED to hear to help comfort them.

Richmond, VA

Anytime we hear of something like this happening it's always deeply tragic. My heart goes out to the Burton family and pray the Lord will bring peace and comfort to their grieving hearts.

It's times like this though that makes me wonder and question what it really means when the the Lord said, "...for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and your left...and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." D&C 84:87-88. Truly the Lord's ways are not our ways and our minds cannot comprehend his will so we are left to just trust that He knows what's best for us. Sadly, often times it doesn't really ease the pain.


For sure in a celestial world, bless his family and tribute to a young man dying in the service of God. Thank you for your service.

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